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So, what’s the big deal with a five-one-hundredths percent decline in the yield on 10-year T-notes? What does sovereign bond yield have to do with anything? It marks the next step in an ultimate global resolution, but one which none of us can predict in timing, character, or scope. But, think big. Earthquake. Tectonic ...
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How to grow a $2.5-billion sales brokerage
by Gill South
When Patricia (Pat) Petersen, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty president, first started in real estate in the late 1970s, almost all of the owners of real estate companies were men. In the '90s -- by then owner of the company -- she and a group of other female company owners got together and created a meeting where they could relax and compare notes ...
Wow. What a difference one Friday morning can make. Or did it, alone? Forget the Fed, unless Friday morning’s employment report, which showed that the economy in the U.S. created the fewest number of jobs in more than five years, is revised. Missed California ...
Moving away from oil dependency -- this has been one of the savviest executive decisions taken by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government in the recent past, enabling it to shake off the effects of global slowdowns and propel the economy toward uniform growth and stability ...
I’ve worked in the real estate business for almost a decade. While my firm (Macdonald Real Estate Group) is active in residential sales, we also have other divisions including commercial brokerage and leasing, project marketing (new homes and condos consulting), property management and our expanding presence in Mainland China (the topic of several past Inman News articles) ...
Today kicks off HGTV's annual month-long contest (held on HGTV.com), Ultimate House Hunt, where luxury, real estate porn and HGTV converge for 900,000 viewers to weigh in -- or at least that's how many votes were cast in last year's contest. The 2015 contest attracted 82 million page views along with those 900,000 votes, which makes the contest a window of insight into the public's changing taste. ...
Rod Rochowiak, the president of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Premier in Washington, D.C., didn't realize that attending a recent Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) event with a Vietnamese colleague would open up a new source of leads for his brokerage ...
Long-term rates improved slightly this week, if anything, but the Fed calculus is changing fast toward rate hikes -- more and sooner than markets are priced for, and perhaps closer to the Fed’s “damned dots” than any of us have thought ...
The world of credit market professionals was rocked last week, even those in the Home for Old Traders, by release of the Federal Reserve’s minutes from its April 27 meeting. A few civilians got a glimmer in minor changes in mortgage quotes, but even in global currency and stock markets the Fed-shock passed quickly ...
The Chinese make up the largest segment of U.S. real estate foreign buyers, and this group's interest is expected to continue growing, according to National Association of Realtors. Agents have a range of different experiences when dealing with overseas Chinese buyers; some are great, and some are not so good. We wanted to share these experiences, so agents understand how to better prepare ...
Don’t get your hopes up. But, you’ve got clients asking, and the national news media is hopelessly lost on the subject, including the financial press. First things first. Negative rates could happen only to adjustable-rate loans. Fixed-rate loans are...fixed rate ...
Finn.no, the grand old lady of the Schibsted classified empire, which dominates the ad scene in Norway, might come under pressure from some big real estate players planning to start their own platform. It is not amateurs bringing the heat, either. Several big shots in the marketplace are behind the potentially new competition ...
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Why Chinese investors are going to grow in number
by Gill South
When Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest broker Becco Zou has a new client in town from China with a long shopping list, the Chinese-born agent tells them: "Show me the money." Usually they go away for awhile -- and then they come back. They are worth waiting for -- they might want a $3 million home, a commercial investment and a ranch where they can entertain clients ...
Keys90 created this infographic of the most astonishing buildings in the world -- that haven't yet been built. Check them out ...
Long-term rates have continued in a narrow band, but in very odd behavior have trended ever-so-slightly down. The 10-year T-note today trades at 1.70 percent, the lowest since the April 7 top at 1.93 percent, and lowest-fee mortgages are sliding under 3.75 percent. Why odd? This slide began two weeks ago, all through the week prior to release of April payrolls ...
With most job markets becoming competitive for both young job-seekers and older career professionals, many are not confident in establishing, much less sustaining, a certain level of active income. Given the situation, some investors see that opportunity resides most in global real estate. Whether it’s from modern in-city living or vacation-style accommodations, people can always profit from real estate. They just have to know what to look for ...
The biggest week for economic data in the month last week ended with no change -- because markets had already changed. So, why lower rates? Chalk it up to the unending saga: the whole world slowing, deflationary, and now widespread breakage of faith that central banks can do anything about it ...
It's enough for some new agents to sink their teeth into one real estate market. Stefan Winter is no ordinary new agent. The 28-year-old, who joined Keller Williams in Las Vegas late last year, recently opened his own business under the Keller Williams umbrella there, the Winter Group. He also plans to start building another team in Chicago -- within Keller Williams Success Realty in Barrington -- in the next month ...
Long-term Treasury and mortgage rates are declining again. Not far, still hovering about 0.25 percent above the all-time lows, but certainly helpful to housing. Some of the reasons for the drop are traditional economics, but others remind how very strange this era is. The Federal Reserve met this week, and to no one’s surprise, it left alone the overnight cost of money. ...
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How high home prices in China affect you
by Matthew Moore
Increasingly, the answer is that they buy real estate in markets like yours across the United States, which is their most popular destination for real estate investment. China's high home prices are creating opportunities for agents in the ...

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